Monday Aug 18th Jane washed this morning and had Ellen
to assist so I sat down quite early to sewing
cut out a chimise for Ellen to make
This afternoon went to Mr Whitwells to tea
Mr Ames was going to Bridgewater and I
rode there with him. Called at Mr Harveys
to try to get some butter but she had none
to spare. Hurried home expecting Pauline she did
not come Mr & Mrs George Lothrop came to Olivers
The new servant, Ellen, helped Jane McHanna with the laundry today. Evelina stayed out of the way and concentrated on her sewing, setting work aside for Ellen to do later. She needed another chemise.
In the afternoon Evelina went to the Whitwells’ for tea. She had just been there the day before during the intermission between church services. Today Oakes accompanied her and the two went on from there to Bridgewater. Evelina was hoping to buy some butter from a Mr or Mrs Harvey, but had no luck. Evidently no longer producing butter herself, she’s had to travel this summer to find it. Oakes, meanwhile, was on his way to Bridgewater on shovel business – or Whig politics.
Not yet alluded to in Evelina’s diary is the illness of one of Sarah Lothrop Ames’s brothers, Dewitt Clinton Lothrop. Clinton, as he was known, was deathly ill with typhus fever. Another Lothrop brother, George Van Ness Lothrop and his wife, Almira Strong Lothrop, had come back to town from Detroit on Clinton’s account.